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Ruby cherry plum trees

Prunus x cerasifera
Orange Pippin
Ruby is a large-fruited modern Cherry Plum, with dark red flesh.

Ruby cherry plum trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree VVA-1 rootstock £55.00
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • PG22-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree St. Julien rootstock £54.00
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree VVA-1 rootstock £35.00
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £32.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Pre-order now for delivery from September onwards for pot grown trees or December for bare-root trees and mixed orders.

Delivery charges

Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.

Ruby produces perhaps the largest fruit of any Cherry Plum. The flesh is dark red and has a peach-like flavour, and can be eaten fresh although like all mirabelles and cherry plums it is mainly used for cooking.

The fruits ripen towards the end of July in southern England. They are clingstone - the flesh sticks to the stone. However the very large size of the fruits means this is not really an issue for use in the kitchen.

Ruby grows with a very upright, almost columnar habit (it's tradename is Ruby COLUMNAR™ ) and is therefore a good choice if space is limited.

Hybrids between various plum species are quite common, and the large fruit size and red-flesh suggests that Ruby may have some relation to the popular Japanese plums.

How to grow

As well as the pollination partners mentioned above, Ruby will also cross-pollinate with most early-flowering Plum and Damson varieties.

The large fruit size and heavy cropping can cause the branches to break under the load, so we recommend thinning the crop or making sure the branches are supported.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Ruby characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group1
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates

Using

  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesCulinary
  • Cling-stoneClingstone

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Identification

  • Country of originUkraine
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colourRed

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